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Tumaini Festival is a cultural music event, developed and delivered by refugees and Malawians, which promotes peaceful coexistence.
Tumaini Festival is a cultural music event, developed and delivered by refugees and Malawians, which promotes peaceful coexistence.
230 backers pledged €8,326 to help bring this project to life.

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Tumaini Festival is a music and cultural festival taking place in Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa, Malawi, Southern Africa. It presents a unique opportunity to support an innovative, large-scale cultural event developed and delivered by refugees and host community, which uses entertainment and artistic expression to promote intercultural harmony, mutual understanding and peaceful co-existence for the benefit of both communities. 

WHO WE ARE

Tumaini Festival is organized by Tumaini Letu (Swahili: „Our Hope“), a non-profit organisation based in Dzaleka Refugee Camp and founded in 2012 by Trésor Nzengu Mpauni, also known as Menes La Plume, a refugee poet, musician and writer from Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

ABOUT DZALEKA REFUGEE CAMP

Dzaleka is the only permanent refugee camp in Malawi. It is located in the Dowa district, 45 km from Lilongwe, Malawi's capital city. It has a population of approximately 30,000 refugees and asylum seekers, mainly from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Burundi, with smaller numbers of people from Somalia, Ethiopia, South Sudan and other countries. In Malawi, refugees do not have the right to employment, the right to property, or the freedom of movement. This greatly isolates refugees, limits their financial capacity, and restricts their ability to access cultural events.

Vendors from Dzaleka selling their handcrafted goods at Tumaini Festival 2016
Vendors from Dzaleka selling their handcrafted goods at Tumaini Festival 2016

Tumaini Festival will meet these needs, while also benefitting the host community as we all stand, sing, and dance together for peace. There is a rich diversity of cultures within Dzaleka that everyone can discover and learn from. Each of the forcibly displaced persons is a survivor and has an inspiring story to tell.

THE FESTIVAL // SO WHAT WILL HAPPEN EXACTLY?

On November 4th 2017 Dzaleka will be host to the fourth annualTumaini Festival. There will be five performance areas: two stages (Main Stage and Youth Stage), a Poetry Corner, a Theater Corner, and a Cultural Ground (traditional dance ground). There will also be an Arts exhibition space and a children’s play space. Tumaini Festival 2017 will feature music, poetry, comedy, films, theater, acrobatics, dance (traditional and contemporary), drums, traditional food and workshops. There will be a variety of food stalls and opportunities for vendors from Dzaleka to sell their goods and handcrafted arts.

OUR MISSION // WHAT ARE OUR GOALS?

EMPOWERMENT - Tumaini Festival aims to

  • empower refugees and foster pride through arts and artistic expression, 
  • encourage entrepreneurship and reduce poverty in the refugee camp,
  • facilitate the gain and exchange of knowledge and skills through workshops and trainings. 

CULTURAL EXCHANGE - Tumaini Festival aims to

  • enhance intercultural understanding, 
  • change the public perception towards refugees in Malawi, 
  • promote the talents and cultures of Dzaleka residents to Malawians and the international community,
  • foster Dzaleka itself as a place of unity, peace, coexistence and harmony among refugees and the Malawian population. 
Amahoro Drummers of Dzaleka Refugee Camp
Amahoro Drummers of Dzaleka Refugee Camp

WHY ARE WE CROWDFUNDING?

TUMAINI FESTIVAL IS A FREE ENTRANCE EVENT
→ Tumaini Festival is free of charge for all visitors. By making the festival accessible for everyone we aim to encourage the maximum number of people to come and experience the cultures and reality of Dzaleka Refugee Camp, and to change public perception toward refugees.

OUR STRENGTH LIES IN OUR COMMUNITY
→ We believe in the power of a strong community! The backbone of Tumaini Festival is its inspiring network of supporters from all over the world: Artists and visitors from Dzaleka, Malawi and many other countries share a stage and a unique festival experience. Also, Tumaini relies on the continuous support and hard work of a network of friends and volunteers. This includes you, as a part of our amazing crowdfunding community!

Jaco Jana jamming with a boy from the audience of Tumaini Festival 2016
Jaco Jana jamming with a boy from the audience of Tumaini Festival 2016

HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT?

Tumaini Festival 2017 stands and falls with the success of this crowdfunding and your contribution! We still lack the majority of funding for the main event, and to make it happen we need to raise a sum of 8.000 €. With this money we will build two stages, rent high quality sound equipment, book international, national and local artists, organize transport, accommodation, food and refreshments and make sure that the festival is free and accessible to everyone.

Every contribution helps to reach our goal! 

JOIN THE TUMAINI FAMILY AND SPREAD THE WORD! ❤

Risks and challenges

Organizing a festival with over 30 artists from various countries happening at this unique location does have its challenges. From last minute technical issues, to logistical demands concerning the transport or even weather conditions – little problems can always arise.

However, we will find a solution, the same way we have always found one in the past years.

We are excited to organize a festival this size and with this symbolic significance! Rising to possible challenges is important, as is the need for the Dzaleka community and our supporters worldwide to come together, to take risks, just as refugees did, to tell our and their stories, or “just” celebrating together the joy of music.

P.S.: Du hättest gerne nähere Informationen zum Tumaini Festival auf Deutsch? Schreib uns einfach eine Email!

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    Tumaini Festival "Thank you"-Package

    You will receive a bundle containing a "thank you" e-mail, shout-out on social media and photos from the festival. And good karma. :)

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    Written Report

    All of the above mentioned perks +
    a written report.

    You will receive an exclusive account of the event with background information and details. Just like if you are part of Tumaini Festival 2017!

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    Online Postcard from Arts Workshop

    All of the above mentioned perks +
    an exclusive online postcard from the Tumaini Festival Visual Arts Workshop held at Dzaleka Refugee Camp.

    Tumaini Festival is about fostering pride and empowerment through artistic expression in the refugee camp. We will send you the fruit of our Visual Arts Workshop for Dzaleka residents in the form of an exclusive online postcard. How it will look like? Who knows! That's the magic of artistic expression. :)

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    Video Message from Festival Founder

    All of the above mentioned perks +
    a personalized "Thank You!"- video message by the festival founder.

    Menes la Plume will personally thank you in a video message, which we will share on social media or sent to you privately via e-mail.

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    Skype Conversation with Festival Founder

    All of the above mentioned perks +
    Skype conversation with Festival Founder

    Have you met Menes La Plume, the inspiring refugee poet, musician and writer from DRC - founder of Tumaini Festival? He is excited to answer your questions, exchange ideas and inspirations. Don't miss out on this one!

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    "Thank You!" on Stage (+ video proof)

    All of the above mentioned perks +
    special "Thank You!" on stage

    Your name will be called in front of our audience of over 8.000 people to thank you for your kind and generous contribution. The applause will be yours! To remember this moment of glory we will videotape it and send to you or share it on social media.

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    Banner + postcard in your postbox!

    All of the above mentioned perks +
    your name on our banner and a postcard in your postbox

    The international audience will see your name on our banner decorating the festival stage, mentioned as one of our main supporters! As a cherry on the cake, we will send you a handwritten Tumaini Festival postcard via actual "hold-it-in-your-hand" mail. This is a very special, unseen perk of Tumaini Festival.

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    Your name in our film!

    All of the above mentioned perks +
    your name in our Tumaini Festival film

    Your contribution will be forever remembered, as your name will be included in our festival film as one of our main supporters.

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